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Saints raid division rival for linebacker A.J. Klein

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The Saints need all the help they can find on defense, and stayed within the division for a new starter.

Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Saints are signing Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein.

Klein started for the Panthers when Luke Kuechly was out with a concussion and played well. But with Kuechly, Thomas Davis and underutilized 2015 first-rounder Shaq Thompson at linebacker, there weren’t going to be many snaps for Klein in Carolina and he knew it.

The Saints don’t present that same problem, as they need upgrades at every level of the defense. Klein’s a solid run defender, and better in coverage than some suspect.

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10 Responses to “Saints raid division rival for linebacker A.J. Klein”
  1. saints737 says: Mar 9, 2017 12:11 PM

    This could be the steal of Free Agency. Wonder what the numbers are.

  2. djvh2 says: Mar 9, 2017 12:14 PM

    Great pickup by the Saints. AJ has the it factor for making plays. I wish GB would’ve signed him so he could be playing for his hometown team.

  3. winningisabrees says: Mar 9, 2017 12:15 PM

    The Saints don’t present that same problem, as they need upgrades at every level of the defense.

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    Safety and DT are Solid

  4. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 9, 2017 12:16 PM

    Better in pass coverage than some suspect? Hmm, does he have deceptive speed? Is he a gritty, old school type player? See where I’m going with this?

  5. rams645 says: Mar 9, 2017 12:18 PM

    Wouldn’t call one linebacker who wasn’t going to get much playing time a “Raid”

  6. chc4 says: Mar 9, 2017 12:25 PM

    This is to make up for the bust draft pick that is Stephone Anthony. Saints are a mess. Plugging holes with bubble gum!

  7. pau49ers says: Mar 9, 2017 12:54 PM

    Good to see the Saints making some moves to finally improve their defense. Breese deserved better.

  8. pancaketaco says: Mar 9, 2017 12:54 PM

    LB’s in Carolina have a huge advantage because they invest so much in their D-Line

  9. jgedgar70 says: Mar 9, 2017 1:30 PM

    This sucks for us Panthers fans. Very good pickup by the Saints.

  10. laxcoach37 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:29 PM

    Darn… he was my sleeper pickup for the Dolphins in desperate need of LB’s. Great value hire for the Saints. He has room for improvement as he was overshadowed by Keuchley and Davis. He needs to develop insticts to get a step quicker, but his tackling is solid, sheds blocks well and has marginal cover skills. I am a Dolphins Fan with Panther’s Season Tickets. Miami too long a commute.

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